We’re Having a Delightful Time With Family

We went to the Leathernecks Aviation Museum yesterday at Miramar, we’ve gone to see “Christmas Card Lane” which is several square blocks of painted plywood Christmas cards, lit, decorated and many animated and is in Penasquitos, a suburb of San Diego. And then we’ve vegged! It’s been pretty much a perfect get away!

I hope you’re enjoying your family as much as I’m enjoying mine. We’ll head home Monday so if I don’t “talk” to you before then, Happy New Year to you all.

P.S. Don’t forget to post your comments from the 16th through the end of the month to be eligible for the random drawing on the first of the month. The winner will get a free digital clip art kit.

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Merry Christmas to All!

We had a lovely family Christmas this morning at home with our girls that live with us and now we head off in the sleigh (okay monster van!) to head out to San Diego leaving them behind for a few days.  Not likely to have a White Christmas when it’s in the 70’s in San Diego… boo hoooo hoooo!  Oh well…

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and rich blessings of Family love and companionship (and no pounds from the calories consumed!)  I will be gone until just before New Year’s so if there are any problems with any of my kits etc. please be patient with me 🙂 and I’ll attend to things as soon as I am able.

Thank you all for a a MAGNIFICENT first year here on my blog, with all my licensed product and my digital clip art kits at THE DAISIE COMPANY.  It has been such a joy and a learning experience.  Thanks for all the suggestions, advice (and demands :-)!)  It has been such a help in deciding what to do next out of the millions of ideas floating around in this crazy brain of mine.

Blessings to all and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Audrey Jeanne Roberts

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Free Christmas Bookmark “Wise Men Still Seek Him,” Digital Clip Art Freebie

Free bookmark christmas digital clip artI have one last gift for you guys for Christmas, especially for any of you that are Sunday School teachers!  It is a bookmark that says very simply "Wise men still seek Him."

It’s already laid out four to a page so that all you have to do is print, cut and add your ribbon or trim and you’re done!  I hope you’ll pass them out freely.  Blessings!!!  and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

To download your bookmarks, simply click on the image and it will take you to 4shared’s download site, where you’ll click on a button to the right side about half way down the page.  Then save it to your computer!

If you’re good at laying things out for two-side printing, you might try putting your own message on the back side.  Sorry, I can’t give you instructions as each printer works a little differently.

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The Website is Coming Soon (I Hope :-)!)

You may have noticed I’ve been a little absent this week, I’m finishing up my family’s Christmas, working on licensing projects and I’ve been working on new designs for our Baby personalized framed print calligraphy name weight length date timeframed print line, a new catalog and a new web site.  Where is that clone when you need her?!  I just had to show off some of the new products that will be available on the web site soon!

You can order them now by using the codes and calling 800-662-3333 M-F 9-5 Pacific time (USA) but soon (fingers and toes crossed) they’ll be available 24/7 on the web!

The first is "LC694DK11 Precious Little One" (with mat and frame as shown) a 13" x 16" new baby gift that is personalized with the baby’s name, weight, length, date, time and place of birth.  The calligraphy is Audrey Jeanne’s Whimsical style.  The price of $59.95 includes your choice of four frames, double bevel cut mats, personalization, shipping and a free gift enclosure card.  You can also have it beautifully gift wrapped using wired ribbon for an additional $10 charge.  The boys version is identical but in blue, aqua, green and a touch of yellow.

Personalized gift framed print Welcome Sign, family personalizationThe second piece is "P695GD07 Welcome Sign," (framed and matted as shown) a 10" x 22" Welcome sign that also includes your family name and Est. year.  It also is $59.95 including frame, double bevel cut mats, personalization, gift enclosure card and shipping. 

The rich detail in this watercolor just can’t quite be captured for the web, but it is in deeply textured, weathered tans, greens, golds, rusts with the grapes in a deep rich eggplant.  The text is in chocolate brown, in Audrey Jeanne’s contemporary italic calligraphy.

Also coming soon, perhaps within two weeks, will be a PDF version of our catalog that we can email you.  You can email a request for that PDF catalog to: Steve Roberts at steveataje@earthlink.net and we’ll send it when it is complete.  Have a wonderfully blessed Christmas!

2 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"-which means, "God with us."

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. NIV

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It’s the Little Things that Make the Holidays Special

Last night our little church put on our annual Christmas play.  This year it was almost totally performed by our kids (with 5 adults in the cast one of which was my youngest daughter, Jacqui).  It was a precious and wonderful performance.  The message was fresh and well-presented.  It was called "Miracle on Main Street."  The simple message was that it doesn’t matter the fancy trimmings on the outside, it’s what is happening in the heart that is important at Christmas.  The kids worked very hard to get ready and it showed. 

As I sat in the audience waiting for the play to start, I flashed back to all the school plays, church plays and band performances that I have been privileged to see my children perform in.  None were particularly polished in comparison to today’s high-tech world’s standards but they sure won a place in my heart!  As a mom, watching your children step out on stage, face the world and their fears and shine is pretty much what it’s all about!

One of the fun things in a small community, is that we really know each other’s kids, which makes it extra special.  Our dear friends Dolly and Sam have two daughters, Samantha who is 7 and her sister Sierra who is just a little over 3.  Sierra was very premature and her life hung in the balance for months.  Every step forward she made for a while, was matched by a terrifying step backwards.  She still is very petite and somewhat frail, but is quite a tiger personality-wise.  She was a little distracted on stage last night though.  When the choir moved to the left, she moved to the right.  She stood and watched, grabbed her sister’s hands at times and tried to hold them as Samantha was trying to do her motions, but she didn’t phase Samantha at all, she patiently and perfectly kept doing her lines and her singing.  Sierra didn’t do as well as she had in earlier night’s performances, but she did demonstrate an amazing talent… she can pick her nose (on stage) with either hand and sometimes both at once!  Poor Dolly!  All she could do is roll her eyes, throw up her hands and laugh!!

And then there is our dear friends Bill and Beth’s son, Marcus.  He’s four and worked so hard to learn his lines.  He’s quite the ham on stage and really enjoys being in the limelight.  Even in our regular Sunday Services, you can hear his sweet voice strongly over many of the adults.  He was so excited to be in the play and couldn’t wait for the very first performance that the cast did for a local nursing home.  After a while, Marcus turned to his teacher in distress.  She motioned over to him to come to her and as he was going to lay his head on her shoulder, up came the entire contents of his dinner all over her!  Poor Marcus!  Poor Renee!  Who could have been prepared for that to happen?  What do you do when you’re an hour from home with no change of clothes and you need to keep giving direction to the kids in the show?  You just keep going until the show’s done!  Renee was amazing, Marcus went home and is still recovering and the story has already become legendary within our fellowhip :-)!  Oh the unexpected surprises of working with children.

If you want to "get in the spirit of Christmas" it could be as close to you as the nearest school play or church choir performance.  I hope you’ll go support your neighborhood children even if yours are grown.  They love to shine and their smiles put the sparkle in the holidays.

Oh yeah, and of course my daughter did great!  But then that might just be the proud mama in me talking!!!


17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.  

18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."   NIV


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We Have a Winner in the Free Digital Clip Art Contest

She was the 9th comment on the 12th day of the month (the second post of the day)!  Congratulations to the winner, she’ll receive her gift tomorrow (remind me if you don’t receive it, just in case I forget :-)!)

For those that don’t know it, every month I have two contests and all you have to do to enter is post a comment on any or all of my posts.  We pick at random on the 16th and 1st.  Good luck.

Off to watch my beat-up, banged up Chargers!  Have a great day!!

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Want to Make Your Own Christmas Gift Basket? Here’s a Digital Clip Art Set That Can Help

Christmas Presents, gift basket digital clip art kit, holly, poinsettiaI get all those wonderful Holiday Gift Catalogs from the awesome Gift basket companies like Harry & David.  Their presentations are incredible, but so are their prices!!!  So I created this kit so to help you make your own little gift basket for the people on your list that you just don’t quite know what to buy for or for your hairdresser or others for whom a small "Thank You" would be just right.

This kit will be the freebie that I give away to some lucky reader tomorrow in my twice monthly Blog Comments Contest.  All you have to do is post a comment on my blog anywhere between the 1st and the 15th and this kit could be yours!  For the rest, it will be available next week at The Daisie Company Store for $4.48 (plus 20% off until Christmas Day)

dimensional bow top box, holly and holly berry design, clip art kitUsing the Holly Berry Christmas 1 & 2 art sets, this is a classic Red, Green and Gold Christmas that is both elegant and fun.  It contains a bow top box, a cocoa packet, a tea bag cover, book mark and assorted gift tags.  Add your cocoa packets, spiced holiday tea, some peppermint sticks and Christmas Hersey’s Kisses and tuck in some of the free recipe cards that I have available elsewhere on this blog and you have an instant gift! 

I like to make up 2 or 3 sets like this and have them pre-labeled with blank labels just in case someone drops by that I didn’t expect to give me a gift.  I store them away in a closet and can pull them out in a jiffy!

Today is my "Get all of Christmas wrapped and all the cards sent" day!  So I’m off to brew my coffee and fuel up for a looong day!  Meryy Christmas to you all!

The Prophecy of Anna

36 Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher, and was very old. She was a widow, for her husband had died when they had been married only seven years. 37 She was now eighty-four years old. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. 38 She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about Jesus to everyone who had been waiting for the promised King to come and deliver Jerusalem.

39 When Jesus’ parents had fulfilled all the requirements of the law of the Lord, they returned home to Nazareth in Galilee. 40 There the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom beyond his years, and God placed his special favor upon him. NLT

This concludes the Christmas story in Luke, next I’ll go to the gospel of Matthew which tells a few different details.

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I Give in! Here’s the Recipe Card With “Nadya’s Christmas Candy”

Christmas Home made Candy recipe cardOkay!  Okay!!  I’m not much of a cook, but I have an awesome Aunt who is and who has the most amazing recipe exchange newsletter website and he friends (known as "Nancylanders") have the most delectable recipes, sooooo….  I guess I really have no excuse for not putting a recipe in the card!  If you haven’t visited my Aunt Nancy’s website you can find it at www.nancys-kitchen.com.  If you love recipes you will adore her website.

So In addition to downloading the Free Blank Recipe Card for Christmas with Gingerbread Man Cookie art on it, you can download this one with a mouth-watering Christmas Candy Recipe as well.  Special Thanks to Laurine In NNY for her recipe.

To download this card all you have to do is click on the image and it will take you to the download.  Enjoy!


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FREE Christmas Cookie Recipe Card Digital Clip Art by Audrey Jeanne Roberts

Free Recipe Card, Christmas, Gingerbread Cookie, BlankI have another recipe card for you (and will have yet one more next week, so check back!)  This card set has a front and back side both with and without lines so that you can hand write your recipe or type it in on your computer.  This card was created with elements from my Gingerbread Cottage Baking Set and Gingerbread Village Set.  Permalink: http://www.daisiecompany.com/blogs/audreyjeanne/?p=299

Gingerbread Cottage Christmas Baking Set Cookies Clip ArtI’m showing the preview of each of these kits and if you click on their image, it will take you to the DAISIE Company store where they can be instantly downloaded for only $5.98!

These sets will allow you to make your own recipe cards to match very easily!

Gingerbread House, Cottage, Village, Cookie Digital Clip Art KitThe second set is also $5.98 and contains all kinds of elements that can be used to create your own Gingerbread Village Scene, greeting cards, recipe cards and so much more!

If you are a digital scrapbooker, I’d like to encourage you that you can use your art collections for so much more than just scrapbooks!  The same skills that you’ve developed can be put to use creating anything you can think of off of your own home computer.

For those of you just visiting, I am including a little bit each day of the Christmas story.  I’ve started with Luke and will go to Matthew next.  Come visit each day if you’d like a reminder to keep the reason for the season front and center in your heart.

The Prophecy of Simeon

25 Now there was a man named Simeon who lived in Jerusalem. He was a righteous man and very devout. He was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he eagerly expected the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. 26 The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, 28 Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying,

29 “Lord, now I can die in peace!
As you promised me,
30 I have seen the Savior
31 you have given to all people.
32 He is a light to reveal God to the nations,
and he is the glory of your people Israel!”

33 Joseph and Mary were amazed at what was being said about Jesus. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, “This child will be rejected by many in Israel, and it will be their undoing. But he will be the greatest joy to many others. 35 Thus, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.” NLT

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Christmas Scrapbooking “For Dummies” Contemporary Christmas Instant Scrapbook Album

Is coming next week.  Are you like me, taking rolls of film at Christmas and then after Christmas you feel overwhelmed, burned out and Christmas Instant Album Scrapbook Kit, Digital Clip Artthink "I’ll get to that later?"  If so, I hope I’ll be able to help you out a little this year.  I created this album for MYSELF first because I design scrapbook products but all to often don’t follow through and create them for my family (shame on me )

This album set is GIGANTIC at 132 pieces, PLUS the instructions, PLUS the photos of my page layouts for the "less than creative among us" and PLUS the blank templates to place your photos behind so that you can perfectly cut them to fit the book.  It will retail at $9.98 for the complete set which is an amazing deal when you look at the per piece price.

Christmas Scrapbook, Instant Album Digital Clip Art Kit, scrapbookingThis Contemporary Christmas Collection is a perfect mix of elements that will appeal across the generations.  My daughters adore it and my 84 year old Mother in Law loved it as well.  These instant album are awesome to give as premade Christmas gifts that the recepient can easily customize with the photos they take Christmas day.

These albums are so easy that if you have never Christmas scrapbook Instant Album Digital Clip Art Kitcreated anything on a computer before, but can print a page from a jpeg file, you can make them.  The art is laid out on letter-sized paper pages and every open space is filled with goodies for you to cut out and use to decorate the pages.

The fun part about these kits as well, is that the pieces that are included can also be used to create greeting cards and gift tags very easily.  I used my left over pieces as matching gift tags and they will be the finishing touch for my gifts.

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.

22 When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord"), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons."   NIV


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Natural Christmas Clip Art Kit by Audrey Jeanne Roberts

Natural Christmas Clip Art Kit This is likely to be my last Christmas Art Kit of this season, there may be a few more Christmas Product Kits such as stationery kits or gift baskets, but this is the last of the art that’s even close to being prepared 🙂

From the time I was a little girl, we often went to the mountains in the winter.  The crisp fragrance of Incense Cedars and the rich earthy smells of the California Redwoods mixed with the classic pine fragrance bring back so many wonderful memories for me.  All of these rich, wonderful elements of nature were my inspiration for this art work.

If you’re like me and love a natural, earthy Christmas, pine boughs, pine cones, holly, holly berries Christmas clip artthen I saved the best for last for you!  This is an elegant country feeling set with antiqued parchment and deep Christmas Reds and greens.  I spent hours painting detailed pine cones and boughs, berries, birds and amaryllis arrangements. 

One of the things I planned in this set was that it could be used both as effectively for Christmas and for year ’round uses with it’s natural foresty feel.  There is a wide Christmas poinsettia wreath, holly berry, holly, Christmas tagsvariety of all the elements necessary to create anything from Christmas Cards and gift tags to scrapbook pages, brag books and recipe or note cards.  This set will be available for $5.98 in the Daisie Company store on Friday, Dec. 14, 2007.

I’m (like you) going to be working a lot this week to get my Christmas gifts ready to ship, so things will be rather light in the store.  I can’t tell you what I’m making as gifts (since I do have friends and family that read my blog!)  But I’m having so much fun doing it. 

Making gifts for Christmas is a tradition in our household and I hope it is (or will be) in yours.  I have always treasured the special things that my girls have made for me and many of them grace my china cabinet or jewelry chest.  Remember that you don’t have to participate in the commercialization of Christmas, you can choose to make it a heartfelt, joyful celebration of the Love of God that came down from heaven to be with us and the love of a brand new family that also was born that night. 

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 "Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

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Make Your Own Gingerbread Cottage For Christmas

If you’re not at all cooking inclined, or simply don’t have the time to make your own Gingerbread Cottage this year, the picture shows my Gingerbread Cottage Christmas Gift Box or Table Decoration.  It retails for $5.98 and is available for download by clicking on its picture.  It’s a complete digital art kit that you simply print, cut and glue to create this intricate looking cottage, but is so easy a child can do it with help.  You can also use it’s pieces to make card board templates to create an actual Gingerbread cottage. 

To do so, print all of the pieces but only one of each.  Cut them out cutting off the tabs (you’ll use your icing to glue the pieces instead).  Cut off the roof edging from the roof top, making it a separate piece.  From there you’ll glue the pieces onto cardboard and cut them out.  Using these cardboard templates, you simply trace and cut.  You can cut out the window openings if you wish and line them with colored cellophane when baked or drop clear colored candies into the openings when you bake the dough.

I ffound a few great sites in my search today for making real Gingerbread for Gingerbread Cottages or Gingerbread Houses and I thought I would share them with you!  Gingerbread house or Gingerbread Cottage KitOne of my all-time favorite magazines is Cottage Living.  They have a great site with links to several other sites.  You can find it at: (link in all caps here: ) COTTAGE LIVING

Another of the magazines that I subscribe to is Better Homes and Gardens, here’s their contibution to the fairy tale cottage industry!  (link in all caps here: ) BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS 

If making an entire Gingerbread Cottage is too dauting a task for you, try making a Gingerbread Cottage cookie ornament instead!  Here’s my simple instructions for you:

  1. Draw your cottage or cottages onto cardboard.  You can freehand draw or search on line for coloring book images that will work.  Also, if you own my Gingerbread Cottages Clip Art sets, you could print one out to the size you would like, glue it on the cardboard and use its shape to make your cookies.  Using the back end of a marker or other pen as a guide, lightly trace a circle to cut a hole for hanging the ornament by.  I like to place my hole’s center about 1/2" from the top of the cookie leaving about as much cookie at the top, as the opening size is wide for strength. 
  2. Prepare the Gingerbread man dough as seen in the post below (make sure you download the Free Gingerbread Man Cookie Recipe Card).  Mark your hole by tracing with a toothpick, gently cut through the dough and remove.
  3. Using candies and (link in all caps here: ) ROYAL ICING  decorate each cottage differently.
  4. Let dry thoroughly and then add your message on the back if you’re good with the icing bag.  "From the Roberts Family 2007" or a nice Christmas saying would be great.

If you’re not even sure where your oven is in your kitchen or how to turn it on, your backu plan just might be my Gingerbread Cottage Box and Centerpiece kit!  If you can print a file on your computer and use a pair of scissors to cut a straight line you can do it!  Decorate it with glitter, candies or jewels and you have an extra special gift box or a centerpiece for your hall table or dinner buffet!

That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, 10 but the angel reassured them. "Don’t be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! 11 The Savior–yes, the Messiah, the Lord–has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!"   NLT

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Free Gingerbread Man Cookie Recipe Card & How to Get Into the Spirit of Christmas!

Free Gingerbread Man Cookie Recipe Card & Blank Recipe CardI find that traditions, music and fragrances have a lot to do with the "Spirit of Christmas."  What are the traditions in your family?  What have you done in the past that has become a precious memory now?  Doing those traditional things at the start of the season goes a long way towards "Getting us into the Spirit of Christmas."

Some of the best traditions are food and smell-related.  I think that there’s something special God programmed into us that ties memories and emotions with smell.  So I’m going to try to help you along today by providing one of the most notable smells of Christmas free for you as my gift! 

To download this free gift, just click on the picture and a window will pop up.  It’s a jpeg file that most all computers should be able to handle and print.  I included the individual card(s) and created a layout that you can print, fold and glue to make a perfect two-sided card if you haven’t worked with graphics before.

Are you struggling to get into "The Spirit of Christmas" this year?  The older we get, sometimes the harder it is to find the magic of Christmas.  I’ve been listening to a couple of local talk show radio broadcasts and have heard that lament from many people and yet a lot of others are calling in saying they’re enjoying the season immensely.  I’ve heard an interesting common thread in those that are in the mood….

They’re thinking of others and doing things for others and not waiting for the "feeling" to happen!  The other callers seem fixed on the feeling to start doing the fun things related to the season.   If you want to get into the Spirit of Christmas today, maybe making a plate or two of gingerbread cookies, printing out the recipe card and tieing it on with a lovely ribbon and taking it to a friend’s house, your child’s classroom, the teachers at school, or a nursing hom will be just the thing to bring the magic into your own heart!

Another way to get into the Spirit of Christmas is to remember the Reason for the Season.  One way I’m doing that this year is by including a portion of the scripture’s account of the first Christmas each day.  You can go back through these posts to right after Thanksgiving to start with us if you wish, or pick up your own bible and start at the book of Luke in the New Testament.

1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to his own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

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Coming Tomorrow, Christmas Gift Tags “Hollyberry Christmas”

Christmas Gift Tags, Stars, Hearts and HollyThese gift tags were part of the prizes from the crop event and are being made available to those that didn’t win them for only $2.48 at the Daisie company store tomorrow.

These are only a few of the combinations that are possible with the 20 pc. set.  Perfect to match with Classic Christmas color wrapping papers and add the finishing touch to your gifts.

Christmas tagsThere are bright colored layers and layers that have been prepared for you to write your To: and From: on.  You can do this using your own font before you print them or just use some cute markers and do it by hand.

You can also mount these tags on a card to make an extra special Christmas card. You can also add jewels, glitter, ribbons, wire or beads for a little more glitz!

His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68 "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David 70(as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),   71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us- 72 to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham: 74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. 76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."
80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel. 


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Very Disappointed, but Hopeful for the Future

I’ve been working on my Carbonite backup and discovered this morning that they can only back up internal hard drives on a PC at this point.  So if all or most of your files are located on your actual computer, it’s a great service, but if you are like me and are running 3 external hard drives it won’t work in their current configuration.

I will say this, their customer service has been prompt, thorough and very good, they just didnt’ have the answers I wanted to hear!  The hopeful news is that they are planning a new release in early 2008 and it just might be able to do what I need it to do at that point.  DRATS and DOUBLE DRATS :-)!  I will keep checking back and let you know if and when the improvements are coming. 

THE CHRISTMAS STORY:  Luke 1:66-2:1 Zechariah’s Prophecy

67 Then his father, Zechariah, was filled with the Holy Spirit and gave this prophecy: 
68 "Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,because he has visited his people and redeemed them. 69 He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David, 70 just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago. 71 Now we will be saved from our enemies and from all who hate us. 72 He has been merciful to our ancestors by remembering his sacred covenant with them, 73 the covenant he gave to our ancestor Abraham. 74 We have been rescued from our enemies,so we can serve God without fear, 75 in holiness and righteousness forever. 
76 "And you, my little son,will be called the prophet of the Most High,because you will prepare the way for the Lord. 77 You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins. 78 Because of God’s tender mercy,the light from heaven is about to break upon us, 79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,and to guide us to the path of peace."
80 John grew up and became strong in spirit. Then he lived out in the wilderness until he began his public ministry to Israel. NLT


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